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Anger management for nurses

Posted Sep 08 2008 5:07am

Nurses are most of the time stressed out, frustrated and angry. And this can be attributed to the international shortage of trained and capable nurses. Consequently, nurses are overworked, treated unjustly, feel burned out and are not given their due worth. This in turn results in feelings of anger, resentment and hurt. Anger and indignation on part of the nurses is understandable. However this anger is not justifiable if it is too intense, destructive and prolonged. It can cause harm to others and destroys personal and work relationships.

In order to curb these intense feelings of anger and wrath, it is the need of the day for nurses to learn how to manage and effectively cope with this seething anger. A few anger and stress management techniques must be incorporated as part of their daily lives. Nurses are responsible along with other health care professionals for the safety, treatment and recovery of chronically ill or injured people. When nurses are angry and hurt, it ultimately leads to fatigue and poor patient care. So who is the end sufferer? Nurses must learn how to control anger by first identifying the root cause of it. Nurses should get a hold on their anger before they fall a victim to it and it adversely affects patients and other colleagues. Emotional intelligence is also an important skill that must be developed among nurses. Nurses must be sympathetic, compassionate and respectful when communicating with patients and other coworkers. Regular anger management sessions must be conducted for nurses that will teach them how to vent out and control anger and at the cost of nobody’s feelings. In order to combat stress and anger, nurses must eat healthily and exercise regularly. Nurses must also limit their alcohol and caffeine intake to maintain a healthy lifestyle and in turn an angry free attitude. Relaxation and meditation too are effective and can help to minimize the pressure toll off their head.

Carlos Todd, LPC

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